Our Topanga Fougère is something pretty special. Unlike many fougeres, the Topanga Fougère scent was created using only essential oils and extracts.
This scent was inspired (but does not particularly resemble) Houbigant's Fougère Royale, which was originally created by the then 20 year old Paul Parquet in 1882 and gave its name to an entire family of fragrances. Fougère is French for fern, which does not have much of a scent. The term is used to describe the combined woody, floral, and herbal scents of an imagined forest floor.
Topanga Fougère balances a blend of floral (lavender, geranium), woody (ho wood, balsam tolu), and herbal (clary sage, vetiver, patchouli, sweet myrrh) notes, among others, for a wonderful late summer scent. Parquet once said that "If God gave ferns a scent, they would smell like Fougère Royale." While I won't make such almighty claims for our Topanga Fougère, I do think this would be a great choice for your next shaving soap.
Ingredients:Stearic Acid, Palm Kernel Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Essential Oils and Natural Scents(Lavender Essential Oil, Clary Sage Essential Oil, Ho Wood Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Balsam Tolu Essential Oil, Vanilla Extract, Vetiver Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Opopanax (Sweet Myrrh) Essential Oil, Anise Extract), French Red Clay, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin (comfrey plant).
Each jar contains at least 4 oz of shaving soap.
First time using LA Shave Soap. I really wanted to love this. The scent is amazing and filled the whole bathroom. After applying it created a stinging sensation. I assumed perhaps there was menthol or another ingredient causing that intentionally. Left my skin raw and burning afterwards. On the second attempt, I broke out in small hives. I love the scent but am clearly allergic to something in the formula. Not sure what to do with it now…
Soap is a shadow of its former self. Doesn't lather and performance is awful. Contscted vendor but have yet to hear from anyone. Will ser if anyone responds.
I don't baby my soaps by using distilled water or anything special. I use the mineral rich (hard) water that comes out the tap here in Los Angeles. Easy to lather, and provides me with enough protection to get irritation free shaves every day. Even after applying LASSC after shave, never a hint of burn/irritation. Love the post shave feel I get from this soap. I have two other well regarded brands of tallow soap in rotation, here at home. LASSC keeps up with them, and provides a better post shave feel. Will purchase again when I'm done with current batch of soap I'm using.
I mean absoeffing perfect.
The base is solid, slick and protective, and I've not had an issue with razor rash (as I sometimes do on other soaps). Builds a good lather.
Fragrance is truly lovely - a complex non-traditional fougere that does indeed hint at the landscape of Topanga in So. Cal. Wood, sage, clay, and earth come together in a magical way in this soap!